Feline over population kills by both disease and angry people. Late in 2017, we learned of a street on the West side of Stamford with a serious overpopulation problem. First there were kittens brought to us with sever upper respiratory infections and sometimes broken bones. Then, reports of poisonings. What we found were many cats being fed just enough table scraps to marginally survive while continuing to have unwanted and unhealthy kittens.

Working with residents, a humane TNR program was implemented to help the human and feline residents on this street. The first step was to supply food to sustain the cats prior to surgery. The second step was to get to know the cats and the people feeding them. Then, we started trapping.

The truly feral cats were given medical attention if needed, sprayed or neutered, vaccinated and returned (12 cats). We removed the young kittens and easily found them loving homes (10 kittens). To our surprise, we were delighted to find 10 grateful, young adults we happily adopted into loving homes. Lastly, we assisted with spays/neuters and illness of cats owned by residents (6 cats). This is, in a nutshell, what Friends of Felines does.

A year later, this street has many fewer cats with no more unwanted kittens being born. This is how feral cats become better neighbors. We are committed to staying involved by providing ongoing help to the residents and cats when needed and supplying food to the colony's caretakers. Your giving makes this possible.

Feral Cat Overview

Simply put, they are the wild offspring of unsterilized, lost or abandoned companion animals. They tend to form social groups called colonies, and spend their lives struggling against hunger, harsh weather, and often, human cruelty. Biologically driven to breed, females can have two to three litters of kittens per year, while the males become caught in a cycle of roaming and fighting, often leading to fatal injuries and the spread of feline disease. It is anyone’s guess how many of these unfortunate animals are out there, but we do know their numbers, and their suffering, are increasing.

Pioneered in the UK 30 years ago, and now taking hold across the US, TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) is a humane, cost effective and efficient solution to the problem of feline overpopulation. The cats are humanely trapped, sterilized and vaccinated for rabies. Whenever possible, kittens that are young enough to be socialized are removed from the colony and placed in homes. The adult feral cats are returned to their environment, often with a caregiver already in place.

No longer using so much energy to reproduce and care for their young, these cats can be happy and healthy. Naturally territorial, their population stabilizes and gradually decreases over time. Vaccinated for rabies, the cats become a buffer between humans and the wildlife that primarily carries the disease.

The Feral Cat Project is run by volunteers and funded only by donations from you. To keep this project going, we need more of both! For more information on The Feral Cat Project, or on how you can help us to help, please send us an email at cats@fofct.org